Gardai have lashed out at the internal culture in An Garda Siochana for the first time, an independent report has revealed.
The country’s 13,000-plus police officers attacked the organisation in an independently compiled Cultural Audit.
The audit was conducted by PwC Ireland, a private professional services company, in the wake of a move to reform the culture within the organisation.
A source said: “This is the first time that anything has been laid down that shows the true extent and causes of the low morale in An Garda Siochana.
“The audit makes for stark reading for high level management – gardai are not happy about their working environment and you can clearly see that there a significant problems there.
“One of the key issues is centred around a toxic management atmosphere in which there is one rule for well connected people and another for the drones doing the work who have no connections.”
Sources have said that other key findings are that gardai are “completely committed to their units and colleagues they work with” but do not hold senior management in high esteem.
A source explained: “The audit said as well that guards have plenty of courage to intervene in situations but are scared to speak up because it will affect their careers.
“It also found that nepotism is a huge problem, that so-called arse covering and box ticking is more important than making a difference.
“It also found that young gardai do not have adequate supervision or mentoring as there are simply not enough experienced people to help them.”
It is understood that the audit was a key measure ahead of Code of Ethics training for all gardai.
Sources have said senior management met in recent days to discuss the findings of the report and to come up with a strategy to change.